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#1 8 years ago

BBC News - Iraq parties reach deal on Maliki-led government

The government formed is a national unity-style one, attempting to encompass all the parties and groups in the parliament. Nouri al-Maliki retains the prime ministership, though was unable to bring the more pro-Iran of the Iraqi National Alliance bloc completely in line. The cabinet has been reshuffled and members of Alawi's Al-Iraqiyah have been given some minister positions.

Alawi's al-Iraqiyah's block still is the largest party in Parliament, and as such they secure the Speaker of the Parliament.

I'll come back later with more information on the cabinet formation, but this marks probably the only time in Iraq's history to have a transition between two elected governments. Though still, conflict ahead- the Al-Iraqiyah bloc is very much opposed to Maliki's State of Law and the Iraqi National Alliance, which they charge of bringing religious fanaticism and Iranian influence into Iraq. The Kurdistan Alliance is more of a wildcard, and in the past few months both Maliki and Alawi had been attempting to court the KA to support their moves in cabinet formation.

As such in the coming days there will be power dealing over which groups get which minister positions. Al-Iraqiyah will certainly press to get their share of it.




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#2 8 years ago

During the session of parliament AlIraqiyah got speaker and Kurds kept presidency. However afterwards Alawi and his block staged a walkout to protest the ban on ex-Ba'athists not being lifted.